A presentation was given tonight by Desiree Beck at city council on the Sault’s opioid crisis and the statistics were frightening.
In Algoma, 13 per 100,000 people is the death rate because of opioid addiction, more than double the rest of Ontario at a rate of 6.2. We have the highest rate in Ontario.
Here were some other alarming facts presented:
- 0.8 per cent of the Sault’s population use a prescribed opioid substitute
- 14.8 per cent of the Sault’s population used an illicit drug in the past 12 months.
- 841 Naloxone kits have been distributed locally in less than 12 months
- Heroin is proving to be the drug of choice according to local front line health care workers
- 50.2 per cent of the Sault’s population have self-reported to using an illicit drug in their life
- Increase in forged prescriptions locally
- A one day treatment and admittance to hospital costs the health care system around $2000
- 15 overdoses a week are reported at the Hep Care program
Mayor Christian Provenzano was told recently at a meeting of Northern mayors by a doctor that Northern Ontario was the epicenter of the opioid crisis in North America.